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Evershed Arts

Evershed Arts is a community project serving the Billingshurst and Weald Area. Its aim is to provide a space for artists from a wide spectrum of mediums to share their work with the local community. The project is based in the Grade 11 listed 'Library Room' of the Unitarian Chapel on Billingshurst High Street. This provides a beautiful and historic setting right in the village centre.

What We Do

Exhibition Hosting

Evershed Arts hosts small scale art exhibitions for local artists and groups. The light, airy space can exhibit artwork using our modern, steel cable hanging system. Sculpture, pottery and other three dimensional media can be attractively displayed on our various unit tops and plinths.

Exhibitors might consider holding a 'launch' evening for family and friends prior to a weekend of public exhibition. Using our kitchen facilities, visitors may be served with light refreshments, whilst enjoying both the exhibits and the quiet surroundings of the Chapel.

The room

Classical Music

The Library Room has excellent acoustics and makes an ideal venue for small concerts. There is seating for an audience of around thirty, although the intimate feel of the room makes it very workable for events on an even smaller scale. Larger audiences may be catered for using the adjacent Chapel. There is a piano available, low level portable staging and a black backdrop can be set up.

Acoustic Music

As with classical music, the Library Room offers an excellent space to perform acoustic, folk and jazz style music. It provides an ideal venue for performers to perhaps launch a CD or to simply host a concert for family and friends.

Evershed Arts organises regular concerts by accomplished musicians from the locality and beyond. Check our promotional material and webpage for the programme of forthcoming events, including our regular folk club.

Guitar

Spoken Word

The intimate and atmospheric nature of the Library Room makes it very well suited for poetry readings, lectures, talks and meetings.

Drama

Evershed Arts can offer artists a space which is perfect for small scale performances. There is a low-level platform stage, black backdrop, flexible seating options and subtle lighting.

Arts and Crafts

Evershed Arts may be used by arts and crafts groups either on a regular basis or for hosting 'one -off' events such as workshops and fayres.

General Hire

Evershed Arts can be hired by groups looking for a medium sized meeting space in a quiet, historic setting. It can be hired at an hourly or daily rate. Please contact us for more details.

The room

Our Building

The project is run by members of the Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel. We are keen that our building maintains its heritage of being used by the local community and consider the promotion of the arts as a fitting way to do this. The chapel itself was built in 1754 by William Evershed and William Turner who were both farmers (hence our 'wheat' logo) and preachers. Both are buried in the graveyard that surrounds the building. In 1825 the 'Library Room' was added to the chapel building and in the past it has served the community as both a library and a school room.

What Does it Cost?

Evershed Arts is a 'not for profit' project; however, there are utility and building maintenance costs that need to be met. Rates for using the building are negotiable and are dependant upon a number of variables. We strive to be fair and to charge well within the means of anybody wanting to use the space. Please don't hesitate to contact us for an informal chat about how we might help to support your project.

Getting in Touch

Telephone: 01403 260046

Where to find us

We are based in the 'Old Library Room' at the rear of the Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel. You can find us opposite the 'Women's Hall' on the High Street, delightfully tucked down a narrow path. Alternatively, head for the carpark that sits behind the supermarket and by the public library. We an entrance down 'Lakers Meadow,' the street first left from the library. Street parking is at a premium in this road and it is often best to use the car park by the public library just two minutes walk away.

Evershed Arts
The Library Room
Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel
High Street
Billingshurst
West Sussex,
RH14 9QS